HoopsHype Mike D'Antoni rumors

April 8, 2014 Updates

The Lakers refuted a tweet Monday by one of Kentucky's most successful alums that it was a “done deal” that Coach John Calipari was in line to replace Mike D'Antoni. “I spoke to Mitch Kupchak and he said the rumor is untrue,” Lakers spokesman John Black said of a tweet from former Kentucky and NBA guard Rex Chapman. “Mike D'Antoni is our coach. There have been no conversation about any specific names for any replacement.” Orange County Register

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Sources told ESPN.com that the Thundering Herd have pursued D'Antoni before and made this latest inquiry -- which coincides with his uncertain future in Los Angeles -- because they "always sound him out" any time Marshall has an opening in a bow to D'Antoni's stature in school history. But sources stressed D'Antoni is highly unlikely to make such a switch even if the Lakers opt for a coaching change at season's end. Although he has served as an unofficial sounding board for school officials in the past, D'Antoni has coached only at the pro level, with three stops in Italy and stints with the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Lakers in the NBA. ESPN.com

"Come on, guys," D'Antoni said in an exasperated tone when asked about the Marshall inquiry after the Lakers' 108-105 loss to the last-place Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday. "Come on. OK, good. That ESPN is all over it. That's good." D'Antoni then was asked whether he had any recent communication with representatives from his alma mater. "I hear from them all the time," D'Antoni said. "I'm the head of their capital [fundraising] campaign. I'm close friends to them. Whatever they need, I try to do. But ... who knows." ESPN.com

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Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni, prior to Sunday’s game against the visiting Orlando Magic, was told of a recent conversation that took place between Nick Young and Pau Gasol, who apparently want to do everything they can to avoid being the worst Lakers team since it moved to Los Angeles for the 1960-61 season. The 1974-75 Lakers went 30-52. These Lakers are 22-46 and would have to go 9-5 over their last 14 games in order to accomplish what Gasol and Young want. That would make them 31-51. “They probably should have had that conversation a little earlier, first off,” D’Antoni said, drawing a large round of laughter from assembled reporters. “But you know, hey, great, whatever we try to do is good.” Los Angeles Daily News

March 20, 2014 Updates

Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni opened the door for the chance that Steve Nash could return at some point this season after the veteran guard supposedly shut it down last week because of nerve root irritation in his back and hamstrings. "It's still a possibility," D'Antoni said Wednesday when asked if Nash could play at some point in the Lakers' final 15 games. "We have to see where he is physically. ... We'll have to see some practices and see how it goes." ESPN.com

Nash has not played since Feb. 11 when he exited just before halftime against the Utah Jazz. "We'll have to see," D'Antoni said. "Again, we’re just trying to get him totally healthy. You just don't want to send him out there and play him when he's not healthy. The last time we tried, if you remember, he didn't make it through a game. We can't have him start the game and then at halftime not be able to come out. We got to look and see and maybe try it in a couple practices and see if he can get 100 percent healthy, but right now he's not there." ESPN.com

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